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Master of  Organisational Psychology

Program code: 5199

Delivery location

St Lucia


2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Learn about the complex dynamics that exist within workplaces, and develop skills to foster employee well-being and organisational effectiveness.

  • This program is designed for people who want to practice as a registered psychologist in an organisational setting, and subsequently go on to obtain an Area of Practice Endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).
  • Learn and employ the scientist-practitioner method of enquiry. You will gain a deeper understanding of behaviour within employment contexts and develop techniques for practical application in a workplace setting.
  • Prepare for organisational psychology practice by building your skills and gaining hands-on experience in the areas of critical analysis, problem solving, communication, consultation and organisational change.
  • Combine the training required to meet registration requirements (including counselling and mental health) with the specialist content required for entry to the PsyBA organisational psychology registrar program.

Gain the skills needed to develop an organisation's human resources to enhance motivation, performance and satisfaction.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ's School of Psychology is the largest school of psychology in Australia, and is recognised globally as a centre of excellence in business and organisational psychology. The school was ranked 27th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Practical experience

    During your studies you'll have the opportunity to develop your skills and apply your knowledge through 1000 hours of supervised psychological practice in the government, not-for-profit organisations, and private sector.

  • Why study

    How UQ Psychology is changing the world

  • Alumni
    "I graduated with my Masters in 2012. I am now working in London as a Senior Change Consultant, working with a broad range of clients and industries. My education at UQ equipped me with the tools I need to deliver on client needs in the areas of recruitment and selection, job design, team processes, change management, resilience and safety culture. " Jessica Fraser,
    Senior Change Consultant, Arup

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Organisational Psychology can apply for general registration as a psychologist in Australia and are eligible to apply for the Registrar Program through the PsyBA. Upon completion of the Registrar Program, you will to be able to use the title “organisational psychologist”.

Graduates typically work in varied and challenging roles in business, the public sector and in the community. Their work might include:

  • employee assistance and counselling
  • recruitment and selection
  • training and development
  • safety and human factors
  • job design
  • organisational development and change.

Graduates may be involved in everything from developing effective selection systems and designing and delivering training programs to introducing organisational change, designing jobs and organisational structures, facilitating the development of teams and training, and developing executives, managers and supervisors.

Master of Organisational Psychology students are also eligible to apply to complete a PhD concurrently with their degree. The PhD in Organisational Psychology is designed for people who want to combine research and practice, and provides more rigorous training, not only in research, but more generally in problem-solving and analysis.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The Business and Organisational Psychology Laboratory (BOP-L) group runs regular seminars and workshops for students. BOP-L is a student-led initiative that aims to create a safe and supportive environment for students and academics to connect and collaborate.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


An approved 4-year bachelor degree in psychology (minimum IIA honours) or equivalent 4-year APAC-accredited program.

Applicants must be eligible for provisional or if applicable, full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Applicants with non-Australian degrees must have their qualifications assessed by the APS.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Organisational Psychology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Organisational Psychology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students will undertake 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice across a minimum of three different workplace settings. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting.

Further information about clinical placements is available from the School of Psychology.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • APS College of Organisational Psychologists

Accreditation body

The Master of Organisational Psychology is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Psychology Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Organisational Psychology may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Master of Organisational Psychology are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An “indicative annual fee” is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Master of Organisational Psychology. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Psychology Board of Australia Registration (approx total for 2 years $1000)


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Organisational Psychology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Organisational Psychology is 5199. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Detailed application requirements can be found on the School of Psychology website. Applicants must submit via the Online Application a Psychology Additional Information form, academic transcripts, and CV. In addition, three references will need to be submitted using the Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System which requires an active subscription at a cost of $25. For further information regarding the reference system, visit

Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview. There are limited places available for this program. A limited number of places are available for suitably qualified applicants on the basis of equity and students identifying as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply.

All successful applicants are required to apply for and gain provisional registration or if applicable, full registration, with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes the Board's English Language Proficiency requirements. Students must have registration prior to commencing their study and this must be maintained for the duration of the program.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Organisational Psychology is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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